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No light trucker in 'crazy' tailgate.

A TRUCKER drove a 7.5-ton lorry with no lights for 10 miles - using another car's headlights to guide him.

Michael Lyell, 35, refused to pull over when his lights failed on a dark December night.

He was only stopped when worried motorists alerted police.

Yesterday, Lyell was told his tailgating actions were "crazy" and he was banned from driving for a year.

Sheriff Colin McClory added: "This could easily have resulted in tragic consequences."

Perth Sheriff Court heard that it was pitch black when furniture removal business owner Lyell drove on the A9 between Dunkeld and Perth at speed and with no head or taillights.

Motorists reported seeing the Ford truck driving dangerously close to other vehicles.

Lyell was on his way to Dundee after making a delivery in Wick when he was stopped.

Solicitor Nicola Brown, for Lyell, claimed he had planned to pull into a lay-by - but couldn't because they were full.

She added: "He thought the lesser of two evils was to go somewhere and stop. It is fortunate nothing worse happened."

Miss Brown also revealed that the lights came on shortly after he was stopped by officers.

She said: "There was just a loose wire."

Lyell, of Breadalbane Street, Edinburgh, admitted dangerous driving.

He was also fined pounds 450 and ordered to resit his driving test.

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Date:Jul 27, 2007
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